About the Author

Emilie Hersh has led the InterKnowlogy team since 2006, bringing a solid background of consulting, sales, operational and project management expertise to the company. Having led multi-million dollar engagements for global companies, built out cross-functional teams with a focus on exceptional delivery and exceeding customer expectations, and creating successful sales teams based on her own accomplishments in business development, the addition to the InterKnowlogy team has been wildly beneficial. Responsible for all aspects of InterKnowlogy’s operations, she also heads up strategic alliances, both within the partner community and the greater business environment. Emilie has an MBA from the University of San Diego, with a dual emphasis in Project Management and Supply Chain Systems, and is currently a member of the the Alumni Council, where she has successfully increased participation, professional event offerings and the USD network. Emilie also serves on the steering committee for the Technical Affinity Group for Athena, an organization dedicated to women in technology and the life sciences, currently serving more than 500 members locally. Passionate about the leading-edge technologies and solutions that are possible based upon InterKnowlogy’s mastery of the .Net stack, the ability to work with customers to help them realize their business goals via the incorporation of highly innovative concepts is one of her favorite portions of her role at InterKnowlogy. Committed to the development of her own team, Emilie supports and mentors all of her team members to ensure that they are aware of and pursuing the professional opportunities in which they are most interested by creating innovative programs within the company, and encouraging others to do the same.

It’s that time again…..off to DC!

Halfway there – I’m traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet and educate elected officials and regulators on the booming tech industry. As a leader in the field of custom app development, InterKnowlogy – and so many of our clients – are greatly affected by the policies that our elected officials author and support. It’s an important reminder that our voices DO count, people listen, and we each have a responsibility to get involved.

As part of ACT | The App Association’s annual fly-in, I’m joining more than 50 small tech companies from across the country to advocate for an environment that encourages innovation and inspires growth.  Our message is simple. Small companies like ours are creating solutions that are improving lives, creating jobs, and invigorating our economy.  The creativity that comes from these discussions is amazing, and the energy inspires each of us to go out and craft our message in a way that is unique to each of our environments.

Policymakers in Washington must understand issues threatening small tech companies to ensure growth continues. The concerns we will raise next week include data privacy and security, internet governance, intellectual property and patent reform, mobile health regulation, and regulatory obstacles to growth. These are important issues for which the federal government is considering taking action.

I look forward to meeting with my elected officials and others in Washington to educate them about the tech industry so they can make the right decisions about our future. Hopefully, an informed Congress will help entrepreneurs continue to flourish.

Follow our activities at www.ACTonline.org, or via Twitter @EmilieHersh, and @ACTOnline – come join in the fun as we make a difference in our collective future!

 

 

 

 

 

Off to #WPC2014….and to see what Microsoft has in store for its own vNext!

As I finish packing for an exciting week in D.C. at #WPC2014 I am looking forward to the energy and possibilities that Satya Nadella expressed in his email to all Microsoft employees the morning of July 10th.  I have been asked by several people about my reaction….and honestly, I loved it – especially the part about the culture. I love the energy, challenges posed, and notion of change and accountability. All throughout I was thinking “insert InterKnowlogy here” and apply it to our own company. LOVED it. I am looking forward to hearing more along these lines at WPC this week in the keynote messaging. The time for change, a focus on the core that makes the company strongest, and a challenge to its people to drive the best possible services and products to its customers is a mantra that every company should live by.

Personally, I am excited about the vNext environment for Microsoft. I think it has needed both revitalization and accountability shifts for a long time – meaningful ones, not just ‘cut your bottom 10%, regardless’. There are some amazing people distributed across the many teams, products and continents that Microsoft covers. Inspiring, really, that the entire world has access to their products and services. This next wave is set to expand that coverage, building upon the strength of the deployments to date, and creating opportunities where they have not been taken in the past.  Again, there is alignment with that which we hope to accomplish at InterKnowlogy – continuing to expand our team with the best and the brightest, building incredible software solutions and diversifying our client base around the globe.

I would love the chance to meet Satya in person – hoping that his in-person energy is as inspiring as the words on paper. I can only hope to inspire others in the same way in the future – bring on the energy and a fantastic and highly energetic and positive wave of updates to IK!  We certainly have the team to do so, and look forward to adding more to help accomplish our bold goals, and celebrate them along the way!

Here’s to a fantastic week at WPC filled with old friends and new, great announcements, press events, new partnerships and late night events!!

ACTOnline – Fly-In 2014 – The Importance of Being Active

It’s a great Monday on the East Coast!! I am currently in Washington, D.C. to meet with my elected officials and educate them about the growing mobile economy and tech innovation.

I’ll be joining up with leading entrepreneurs from across the country to participate in the Association for Competitive Technology Washington Fly-In. Around 50 of us will descend on the nation’s capital to help lawmakers recognize the incredible impact that small technology companies are having on our nation’s economy.

More than three-quarters of the most successful companies in the mobile software industry are small businesses – and apps are now a $68 billion marketplace. No one talked about apps six years ago, but now a whole ecosystem has emerged creating jobs for software developers, engineers, graphic artists, marketing professionals, and administrative personnel.

I am here in Washington to alert lawmakers about important issues including intellectual property and patent reform, data security and privacy, and regulatory obstacles to growth. We also look to areas where technology and policy can combine to meet the needs of industry and consumers.

These are all important issues that the federal government is facing. The outcomes really matter to me and that is why I’m making sure my voice is heard. Hopefully, an informed Congress will allow companies like ours to continue to flourish.

It’s an exciting time, and we can all make a difference – letting our voices be heard, and taking action to ensure our future. Join us!!  #ACTFlyIn

The Beauty of Travel

As many of you may know, I travel – more than many, less than some – but I have racked up my share of miles, hotel points, new conversations, and the creation of new relationships and business opportunities. While I definitely miss being home, I try not to miss ‘major’ events; though with young children, it is the day-to-day things that make me smile the most. I definitely miss that….  But there are advantages to travel, too.  Just when feeling overwhelmed with the amount of email I receive, I can hope to jump on a cross-country flight and get caught up – disconnected. (While on-board wi-fi is GREAT – and thanks to ViaSat, becoming more available – it just demands that we be ‘on’ even more!)  To be able to plow through my inbox, Zune on, and focused is a beautiful thing.

Time to just think – when on takeoff and landing we have to be totally disconnected, forced to even put down our phones – about where we are going, who we are, about plans for the future and how to make the most of the present. That is almost a gift of time. And when not thinking, there are the magazines to catch up on….even though I have been banned from ordering / renewing, I do get lost in Oprah, BusinessWeek, Food & Wine – you name it. I own all the technology – iPad, Kindle, netbook, laptop, Zune, Droid…..but there is something about having actual paper, being able to fold corners or pull out an article that reminds you to hit Whole Foods on the way home and try a new recipe. All good things…

I work in technology – you know that. I love it, love it, love it! It enables my world, keeps me connected, at rapid speed, to the people and content I need most. There are not enough hours to keep up with it all, and yet I teeter between being ahead of the curve, and behind some aspects. And being on the leading edge is even better. I am surrounded by brilliant people – people who are creative in numerous ways, all of which are important to my existence.  Whether building the coolest software possible, engaging in new topics, saving lives, seeking innovative ways to change our world and that of our customers, connecting new ideas to people, and people to people – it all moves quickly and technology keeps it connected, at least for me.

So how do I / we keep it all together? I think that is the course for my blog….which, like so many other things, I have been ‘meaning to get to’ for so many months. Always wanting to have that ‘perfect topic’ with which to start, it has held me up from actually doing it. But no more.  I look forward to sharing the adventures of my world, and seeking your ideas on how to do it better, get more out of things, short of adding hours to the day (which is still on my ‘to do’ list), and REALLY enjoying every aspect.

Time to jump in, take more (calculated, because I am who I am) risks, and move ahead in great leaps and bounds. I hope you will join me on this adventure – lots of other people have inspired me to get to this point, and I will be forever grateful to them.  It’s time to invigorate the world, one person at a time, and celebrate our successes!  And I have plenty of time to do so as I cross the country, thanks to United, to meet with some brilliant people in DC who have already changed my world in a good way.  Words to live by….

“Don’t tell me what you can’t do; tell me what you CAN accomplish.”

Thank you, Mr. Reagan! Smile